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SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST: Utilizing Technology To Get Healthier

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Melinda is a sports psychologist, and more specifically now, a techie psychologist. Her job entails taking technology to create products and services that make us healthier. Melinda tells us that she thinks that it is possible for technology to make us fitter if it is used in the right way.

Degree: Psychology - Sports Psychology
Job Title: Sports Psychologist

Job Summary: Psychologists, All Other

Job Description

Psychologists study mental processes and human behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people (and in some cases animals) relate to one another and the environment.

On-the-Job Training

Minimal.

Certification Requirement
Practicing psychology or using the title of “psychologist” requires licensure or certification.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$40,000 - $110,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills

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m='23560'>then</span> <span m='23730'>I</span> <span m='23840'>have</span> <span m='24270'>a</span> <span m='24320'>lot</span> <span m='24520'>of</span> <span m='24580'>meetings</span> <span m='25320'>with</span> <span m='26000'>big</span> <span m='26170'>companies</span> <span m='26970'>and</span> <span m='27190'>small</span> <span m='27470'>startups,</span> <span m='28570'>helping</span> <span m='28940'>everybody</span> <span m='29260'>to</span> <span m='29580'>kind</span> <span m='29780'>of</span> <span m='29980'>think</span> <span m='30240'>about</span> <span m='31100'>using</span> <span m='31390'>technology</span> <span m='32040'>in</span> <span m='32119'>a</span> <span m='32170'>way</span> <span m='32340'>that</span> <span m='32500'>makes</span> <span m='32759'>sense</span> <span m='33250'>for</span> <span m='33330'>human</span> <span m='33590'>beings</span> <span m='34070'>without</span> <span m='34460'>getting</span> <span m='34750'>too</span> <span m='35050'>wrapped</span> 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